"What if you take over the whole department?" he suggested, his eyes full of enthusiasm. "You could solve all our problems!"

She nodded vigorously. "There's so much to do," she replied, her mind buzzing with possibilities. "I can't wait to get started."

He leaned in, smiling. “It’s crazy we haven’t met sooner,” he said. “Let’s get this closed as soon as possible.“

She matched his enthusiasm. "Yeah, I can come in next week," she said, her voice filled with excitement.

They stood up, shaking hands firmly, as if their futures were intertwined. And then, they never spoke to each other again, unsure who between them was better at making promises they never intended to keep.